The CDC reports 1 in 44 children to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Core deficits of autism, across individuals, are noticed primarily in the following areas:
- Social Interactions
- Repetitive Behavior
Although Autism is a spectrum disorder and strengths and challenges will vary across individuals in the areas specified, some common indicators that may be noticed include:
- Communication: delay in language, or loss of language skills
- Social Interactions: inconsistent eye contact when interacting with others; lack of interest in activities others are engaging in; non-responding when name is called or to greetings from others
- Repetitive behavior: occurrence of persistent, repetitive behavior that appears to serve no purpose in the environment such as hand flapping, body rocking, spinning. Other behaviors that may be noticed include lining up of object, and repetitively pressing buttons on toys that produce an auditory sound.
- Michigan Mandate states that, prior to services, child must be given an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis by a medical professional and that diagnosis must be confirmed by an AAEC evaluation. Without those to steps insurance will not authorize treatment.
- AAEC Evaluation consists of a 3 pronged evaluation by a psychologist, a speech pathologist, and a pediatrician to get confirmation consensus that the Autism diagnosis is accurate.
- Some AAECs have long wait lists so it is good to get in touch with several to put your name on the list ASAP. May have to travel to a location that’s farther from home to get shorter wait time.
- There are several AAECs located around the state of Michigan.
For information regarding the Blue Cross Blue Shield AAEC, click here.
The indicators listed above do not constitute an inclusive list.
If you have concerns regarding the possibility of an autism diagnosis for your child please speak to your pediatrician and/or seek an evaluation from an approved evaluation center:
Beaumont Children’s Hospital Center for Human Development (248) 691-4744
University Pediatricians Autism Center (248) 305-6172
Central Autism Assessment & Treatment Center at CMU (989) 774-3904
Covenant Center for Autism (989) 671-5757
Henry Ford Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (313) 916-4665
Michigan State University – Department of Psychiatry (517) 353-3070
UP Health System Marquette – Specialty Clinic (906) 225-4778
Oakwood Center for Exceptional Families (313) 996-1960
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services (616) 258-7500
Spectrum Health Medical Group (616) 267-2830
University Center for the Child and Family, U of M (734) 764-9466
University of Michigan Health System (734) 764-9466
Wardcliff Autism Evaluation Center (517) 664-2556
Western Evaulation Center for Autsim and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (269) 387-7011